Service is a cornerstone of of our faith. Serving others is one way we can share God's love through action. The service requirement is based on the example of Jesus who came “not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:26). Service is an integral part of educating the whole child. Through service, our students will gain a sense of empathy for others, leading to a desire to contribute to our community through acts of service. It will also help to develop their teamwork and leadership skills.
Students will be required to complete a designated number of hours each year and complete a written reflection of their service including Scriptural references and knowledge of faith learned in their Theology class.
Required hours for each grade for the year:
Middle school students – 15hrs
9th grade – 20hrs
10th grade – 30hrs
11th & 12th grades – 40hrs
Teens (ages 11–15) Bronze: 50–74 hrs Silver: 75–99 hrs Gold: 100+ hrs
YA (ages 16–18) Bronze: 100–174 hrs Silver: 175–249 hrs Gold: 250+ hrs
Required hours can be divided between service to the church, the school and the community - the 3 pillars. Organizations should be non-profit & engaged in activities that are not contrary to Catholic teaching.
Community service hours: half must be completed before Christmas break, and the rest by the second week of April.
Each grade will be given opportunities for service but not all service requirements can or will be met in conjunction with school. Examples of organizations within the 3 pillars are as follows, though there are countless others:
Church: Community: School:
Local Churches Urban League Retreat Team
VBS Harvest Hope Christian Service Team
Catholic Charities Transitions CN Dance Marathon
This year our students took a trip to Mexico.
Traveling to Mexico for the mission trip was really an eye-opening experience for me and my classmates. Hearing the laughter from the eyes of children we visited, the gratefulness in the eyes of the elderly we met, and the thankfulness of all the families we came in contact with, made the long trip worth all the while.
Kemp Wilson, CN Class of 2024